Answers To Electrical Questions About Replacing A Range Receptacle With A Dryer Receptacle, Mounting Heights For Breaker Boxes and Ground Connections On Dryers
November 10, 2008
I just bought a new dryer from Sears. They supplied me with a 3 prong plug (2 flat prongs, one L-shaped). My home receptacle admits 3 flat prongs. Can I replace the supplied supplied dryer cord (and cable) with an “old-style”, 3 (flat) prong plug and cable or must I install a receptacle that will accept the “2 flat, one L-shaped pin” plug?
I usually tell everyone to replace the cord. However, in your case, I believe that you have a 50 amp range receptacle instead of a 30 amp dryer receptacle. So, I recommend replacing your 50 amp range receptacle with a 30 amp dryer receptacle. Remember to turn off the power first, this receptacle is 240 volts.
Ralph Connor asks:
Is their a certain height that a 200 amp breaker box must be installed from the floor?
The National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirement is 6 feet 6 inches maximum to the highest breaker handle above the finished floor. I typically mount mine at eye level.
Mona Fergerson asks:
I also have an extra green ground do I put the two green grounds together with one screw Please help me Thanks,Mona
Essentially that is what you are going to do. However, the proper way to do this is to splice the 2 wires together with a 6 inch tail so you will only connect one wire under the screw. The NEC® only permits you to connect one wire under a screw. I believe the reason for this is to try to eliminate loose connections.
Kelsey Jones asks:
Question I have a kenmore dryer the green ground wire is factory crimped together with the white neutral wire. can i disconnect only the green wire and tape it up since its crimped together with the neutral wire and then connect the new green ground wire from the 4 prong cord to the dryers ground screw?
Yes Kelsey, this is exactly what you need to do.
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